NHRC issues notices to chief secretary of Haryana and Rohtak DC
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to the chief secretary of Haryana and Deputy Commissioner, Rohtak, seeking report with regard to yesterday’s death of four workers while cleaning a pump in storm water disposal tank.
It has asked the two officials to submit the report detailing status of investigation of FIR registered in the matter, the status of payment of compensation to the next of kin of the deceased workers and steps taken for their rehabilitation.
The incident occurred in Rohtak and an FIR has been registered against Public Health Engineering.
The officers of the department have been accused under various sections of the law, including murder and SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The accused had allegedly not heeded to demand of the victims for safety devices before entering the tank.
The commission observed that it was a matter of concern that despite directions of the Supreme Court and institutions like the NHRC, innocent lives are being lost because of the inaction/negligence of the authorities who compel workers to enter the dangerous water tank/septic tank, without safety devices.
Moreover, the apex court in its decision in Safai Karamchari Andolan and other vs UOI and others has categorically observed that entering sewer lines without safety gears should be made a crime even in emergency situation and compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be given to the family of the deceased.